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Haiti faces Hurricane Sandy food shortage

  • Up to 1.5 million people in Haiti risk not having adequate access to food next year due to the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy and other recent natural disasters, according to the United Nations.

    At least 54 people were killed as Hurricane Sandy hit the Caribbean island nation two weeks ago.

    The country is still on the path to recovery following a powerful earthquake in January 2010.

    In addition, northern parts of Haiti were hit by drought earlier this spring and summer, which was followed by Tropical Storm Isaac in August.

    Two months of persistent heavy rain preceded Hurricane Sandy, which hit Haiti on October 23.

    Around 21,000 people were left homeless by Sandy, which also destroyed at least 70 percent of crops of yam, corn and banana in the southern region of the country.

    The Haitian government and the WFP have appealed for an additonal $39 million in order to continue distributing food and revive agricultural land.